Just caught this fascinating talk by Dan Pink on the hidden truths behind personal motivation, The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us. Except for straightforward tasks, it’s not the age-old motivators of money and power that drive us, but rather, our desire for autonomy, mastery, and purpose. In fact, research has shown time and again that using money as an incentive for activities dependent on our cognitive skills is a sure-fire way to reduce performance! The implications are powerful for all organizations, teams and groups seeking insights into how to boost innovation and performance.
Bonus: The graphic recording of Daniel Pink’s speech is truly dazzling and worth taking the time to watch! (Thanks to Rosemary Cairns who first posted this to the IAF Group listserve so that I can now share it here.)